Stiff competition helps Randallstown

Girls basketball team is unbeaten in league play


High School

January 17, 2003|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

In her second season as coach of the Randallstown girls basketball team, Sharon Davis beefed up her early season schedule by adding No. 9 Woodlawn and No. 14 Chesapeake, of Anne Arundel County, both of which were state semifinalists in Class 4A last season.

The Rams lost to both teams as well as to No. 12 Seton Keough and Mount de Sales at Catonsville's Comet Classic Christmas tournament, but playing tough teams seems to have paid off.

Last week, Randallstown upset defending Baltimore County champion Parkville, 40-37, in overtime, and the Rams remain unbeaten in the county's hotly contested Division I.

"The losses we had in the beginning of the season showed us our weaknesses," said Davis, whose team is 4-4 overall. "We were able to adjust and work on things we had difficulty with. Coming into the league season, we were better prepared."

After winning the division two years ago, the Rams dropped to fourth last season in Division I behind Parkville, Milford Mill and Towson. They already have beaten Towson but still face their toughest challenge Wednesday night at No. 10 Milford Mill.

The Rams have been led by Cheniece Arthur, a 5-foot-11 junior guard averaging 13 points, and Monica Johnson, a 5-10 senior forward averaging 14 points.

"To me, they're right on track," said Davis, who coached the JV for three seasons before taking over the varsity. "I've been some of these girls for three years and seen how hard they've worked. They've played summer leagues and fall leagues together and they're really gelling. It's just an issue to make sure the girls know they can do it."

The flip side

The Bryn Mawr squash team's 6-3 upset of Roland Park on Tuesday put Mawrtians coach Joe Lacy Jr. in a precarious position.

The second-year Mawrtians coach posted his first victory over a Reds team that includes his daughters, Erin and Alli, as well as his niece, Betsy Griffin. Another Lacy daughter, Liza, plays on the Reds' JV team.

In December, the Reds, coached by Lacy's brother-in-law Clarke Griffin, had dispatched the Mawrtians, 7-2, for a sixth straight victory over their neighborhood rivals at the Roland Park Racquet Club.

"The girls' energy level was at an all-time high," said the Mawrtians' second-year coach. "They spend a lot of time hitting with each other. They call each other and get together to hit. I think that's the main factor in their improvement."

The Mawrtians picked up wins from No. 2 Sarah Hawkins over Erin Lacy, No. 3 Libby Brown over Alexis Paskert, No. 5 Mandy Mahle over Ginny Wich, No. 6 Tara Rubenstein over Betsy Griffin, No. 8 Sarah Gilarksi over Lawrie Peck and No. 9 Carrie Himmelrich over Laura Brent.

The Reds' No. 1, Kendall Anders, defeated Ashley Campbell, while No. 4 Amanda Ortell won over Drayden Peters and No. 7 Alli Lacy over Lindsay Moore.

The Lacy girls could have one more chance to get back at their dad: The two teams likely will meet again at the Mid-Atlantic Championships on Feb. 15 at Potomac School.

Milestones met

Institute of Notre Dame senior Colby Lee recently scored her 1,000th career point. After scoring 20 in a 62-48 win over Ursuline Academy (Del.) and 13 in a 49-34 win over then-No. 11 Seton Keough last week, the 5-10 forward has now scored 1,117 points in her four-year basketball career.

Mercy freshman Lashawna Epps became the first Magic athlete to win a 55-meter dash event when she posted a 7.5-second finish at an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland group meet last week at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover. Her time is the best in the IAAM this season.

Henry, Waithe excel

Two male athletes registered notable performances at an indoor track and field meet Tuesday night, also at the Landover facility.

Woodlawn junior Sam Henry won his fifth straight 800, crossing the finish line in 2 minutes, 2.7 seconds. He has yet to lose in the event. Loch Raven senior Stan Waithe won the 300 in 34.9 seconds, which was a season best for him.

Sun staff writer Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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